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Getting A Police Report For A DC Car Accident

Navigating the aftermath of a car accident can be challenging, especially when dealing with the pile of paperwork that inevitably follows. One such crucial document is the police report, a comprehensive account of the incident as recorded by the responding law enforcement officers at the accident scene. Though not admissible as evidence in litigation or at trial, these reports can play a crucial role in pre-litigation investigations, cross examining the officers who wrote them, and insurance claims.

Here, we outline the steps you need to follow to obtain a car accident report in Washington DC, aiming to simplify the process and help you secure this important document with less hassle.

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There are Multiple Ways to Obtain a Police Accident Report in DC:

Mail In or Email

If you live outside of the District or are otherwise unable to visit the office in person, you can request a PD-10 via Email or Mail-In. To request a PD-10 via email, submit your email request to If you prefer to mail your request, send it along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the following address:

Metropolitan Police Department

Public Documents Section

ATTN: Accident/Incident Reports

441 4th Street, NW, Room 550 South

Washington, DC 20001

For Mail-In requests, allow six weeks for processing from the date the request is made. If you need additional assistance, you can contact (202) 727-4357.

When making your request, try to include as much of the following information as possible:

  • Full Name
  • Date of Accident or Incident
  • Location of Accident or Incident
  • Six Digit Report Number (CCN)
  • Time of Accident or Incident
  • A copy of a valid government-issued photo identification (a scanned image or digital photograph is acceptable) *THIS IS REQUIRED
  • A copy of the completed “PD Form 10B – Application for PD Form 10 Accident Report.” This form can be found at the end of this webpage (a scanned image or digital photograph is acceptable) *THIS IS REQUIRED

Visit the MPD Records Unit in Person

Keep in mind that in-person requests are exclusively by appointment. Ensure you schedule an appointment prior to your visit by calling (202) 671-6705. The Accident Report (PD-10) can be requested at the MPD Headquarters, located at 441 4th Street, NW, Room 550 South, Washington, DC 20001.

To make an in-person request, you will need to provide ONE of the following:

  • Your full name AND the specific date, location, and time of the incident, accident, or offense
  • A six-digit accident or incident number (CCN)

In addition, remember to bring valid government-issued photo identification. Ensuring you have the necessary information and documentation will expedite the process and make your visit to the MPD Headquarters as efficient as possible.

How Much Does it Cost?

Typically, first-party requestors can acquire copies of the PD-10 free of charge. However, for insurance companies requiring it for claim purposes, there is a standard fee of $3 for each PD-10 requested.

What is the Processing Time?

  • Online requests are typically processed within 24 hours.
  • In-person requests are typically processed immediately.
  • Written requests are typically processed within 5 business days.

Additional information:

  • You can request a copy of your car accident report up to 180 days after the date of the accident.
  • If you are unable to locate your car accident report, you can contact the MPD Records Unit at (202) 727-4357for assistance.

Obtain One Through Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel P.C.

If the above methods seem too complex or time-consuming, consider leveraging the services of a personal injury attorney. The law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C our practice is focused on car accidents and personal injury cases. Our attorneys have extensive experience in handling the intricate details of accident cases.

We can help you request and obtain your car accident report, freeing up your time to focus on recovery. Our team can aid by not only procuring this important document for you but also interpreting its contents and leveraging it to build a compelling case for your insurance claim or lawsuit.

Our involvement can streamline the process, ensuring that all paperwork is completed accurately and submitted promptly. Remember, in stressful times, it helps to have a trusted partner who understands the legalities and is dedicated to fighting for your rights. Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C can be that partner for you.

The Role of Accident Reports in a Car Accident Claim

A police report plays a vital role in a car accident claim as it provides an impartial third-party account of the incident. It typically contains details such as the date, time, and location of the accident, the parties involved, descriptions of the vehicles and damages, witness testimonies, and the officer’s assessment of fault.

This document serves as a crucial piece of evidence when negotiating with your insurance company or the driver’s insurance company. Insurance companies often rely on police reports to determine liability and calculate the claim’s value, as it provides an objective record of the incident.

Furthermore, a police report can bolster your legal case by providing tangible evidence to substantiate your claims, particularly in cases where the other party disputes the facts. Hence, obtaining this report is a critical step in the post-accident process.

Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel P.C. Are Here For You

At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel P.C., our car accident lawyers understand the stress and confusion that come in the wake of an accident. Our commitment is to stand by your side, providing comprehensive legal support and guidance every step of the way.

Navigating a personal injury claim after a car crash can be complex, but you don’t have to do it alone. Your focus should be on recovery, and our focus is on advocating for your rights and ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve. Don’t wait, contact us today for a free consultation and take the first step towards peace of mind.

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